Updates from Saturday, April 12
Kevin Ware will transfer to Georgia State, according to Adam Himmelsbach and Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal:
Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware will transfer to Georgia State, a source told The Courier-Journal on Saturday morning.
His mother, Lisa Junior, confirmed her son's decision.
"(We're) still on our visit here at Georgia State," Junior told The Courier-Journal. "Kevin has committed."
After being the emotional driving force behind Louisville's national championship run last season, guard Kevin Ware is set to transfer.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Ware said that he plans to finish his college basketball career elsewhere.
Per Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com, Ware's decision doesn't come as much of a surprise:
Kevin Ware tells @GoodmanESPN he is transferring from Louisville. Was an expected move.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 29, 2014
Goodman also provided Louisville coach Rick Pitino's thoughts on Ware's decision:
Rick Pitino on Kevin Ware transferring: "We wish him Godspeed."— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2014
According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the news came as a surprise to Ware's family:
Spoke to Kevin Ware's father and stepfather. Both said the transfer news came as surprise today. Neither has spoken to Kevin yet.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) March 29, 2014
The news comes a day after the Cardinals lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 and fell short in their bid for consecutive national titles.
Ware was a reserve guard for Louisville last season as a sophomore who played less than 17 minutes per game. Although he wasn't a huge factor on the court, his teammates rallied around him last season after he suffered a gruesome leg injury in the Elite Eight against Duke.
The Cardinals went on to blow Duke out of the water in the second half of that game, and Ware's injury was a huge motivating factor. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino admitted as much following that victory last year.
"We won this for him," Pitino said, per ESPN.com. "We were all choked up with emotion for him. We'll get him back to normal. We've got great doctors, great trainers. We talked about it every timeout, 'Get Kevin home.'"
Louisville went on to win it all with Ware supporting his teammates from the sideline. It was a long road back, but he managed to return to action during an exhibition game against Pikeville prior to the 2013-14 season.
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Ware would go on to play nine regular-season games before re-aggravating his leg injury. Ware shut himself down for the remainder of the campaign and accepted a medical red shirt.
While the Louisville basketball community helped Ware gain plenty of acclaim, it is difficult to argue with his decision.
The Cardinals seemingly have a glut of quality guards, and it might have been tough for Ware to gain consistent playing time moving forward.
Goodman also reports that Ware wants to move closer to his family in Georgia, so there are plenty of factors contributing to his impending transfer.
The fact that Ware was determined enough to return this season after such a devastating injury truly speaks to his grit and his will to succeed.
Because of that, counting him out would be a sucker bet. Ware could potentially be a major contributor in the near future, and whichever school ultimately lands him will be lucky to do so.
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